New Book by Dr. Horowitz a Big Success

New Book by Dr. Horowitz a Big Success

If you haven’t read it yet, please order a copy of “Why Can’t I Get Better? Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease.”

Although you may be disappointed if you think it will give you a treatment solution for your particular disease cocktail, the book is jammed full arguably one of the most experienced (if not the most experienced) Lyme-literate MD in the US today.

My disappointment runs deeper, as it has with many of the top LLMD’s, best selling authors, and lecturers who have gained their fame and status as experts re: chronic Lyme (more accurately chronic Borrelia) Continue reading

Posted in Chronic Lyme Disease, Coping with Lyme disease, Diagnosis of Lyme Disease, Discussion, Jenna, Lyme Disease Treatment, Lyme Stories | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Ask Dr. Horowitz and Dr. Halperin

Ask Dr. Horowitz and Dr. Halperin

Last October (2013) Katie Couric produced a very interesting interview with Dr. Horowitz as a promotion of his book, “Why Can’t I Get Better? Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease.”

Questions from the public about chronic Lyme disease were submitted and answered by Dr. Horowitz. Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Chronic Lyme Disease, Coping with Lyme disease, Lyme Disease Prevention, Lyme Disease Treatment | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Parasite Infestations Can Mimic Symptoms of Chronic Lyme Disease

Parasite Infestations Can Mimic Symptoms of Chronic Lyme Disease

Chronic Lyme disease is the “Great Imitator”, as most of us know (especially for the poor souls who have been misdiagnosed and treated with the wrong medicine (such as steroids for joint pain – the worst treatment possible for Lyme!)

When I think of the quantities of sushi I have eaten over the years, and the time spent in barns and riding horse (where you are exposed to the very worms that we treat horses routinely for) I can see where I could easily have a wide range of parasites – many benign, but they still offer a hide-out for Borrelia to avoid any killing protocol we try.

Continue reading

Posted in Lyme Disease Symptoms | Leave a comment

Cowden Protocol

Cowden Protocol

Dr. Horowitz, one of the foremost Lyme literate MDs in America refers most of his chronically ill patients to Dr. Cowden’s  (shown above) protocol if they fail their antibiotic treatment or are unable or unwilling to take antibiotics.

So many have had complete success with the protocol (Dr. Horowitz says 70% of his patients recover who go on Dr. Cowden’s protocol), but let’s be honest – it isn’t an easy protocol, Continue reading

Posted in Alternative Treatment Protocols, Ask the Doctor, Biofilm, Chronic Lyme Disease, Coping with Lyme disease, Lyme Disease Symptoms, Lyme Disease Treatment, Natural Treatments | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Keeping Love Alive with Chronic Lyme

Keeping Love Alive with Chronic Lyme

The ability to freely move and maintain independence is often taken for granted.

Unfortunately, these abilities can quickly be taken away from us without warning. Lyme has the ability to cause extreme weakness, fatigue, and all the other fun symptoms that we are all familiar with.

Not only is the life of the person directly affected, but the lives of those around them. Continue reading

Posted in Chronic Lyme Disease | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Understanding How Biofilms Cause Chronic Lyme Disease

Understanding How Biofilms Cause Chronic Lyme Disease

I have written quite a bit about biofilms in the past but there seems to be confusion about how they function in chronic Lyme and what to do about it.

I have posted these videos on Neuro-Lyme.com, but since this blog gets ten times the traffic I decided to publish the series here as well.

Due to the recent research, it is hard to keep up with the amazing progress being made Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Biofilm, Chronic Lyme Disease, Diagnosis of Lyme Disease, Discussion, General, Lyme Disease and Ticks, Lyme Disease News, Lyme Videos, Research and Development | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

New Probe Shows Lyme As a Cause of Multiple Sclerosis Victims

New Probe Shows Lyme As a Cause of Multiple Sclerosis Victims

As many of you may know, The Multiple Sclerosis and Lyme Pathology Research Foundation (Dr. Paul H. Duray MD Research Fellowship Endowment) has been founded by the tireless, semi-retired Lyme disease pathologist Dr. Alan MacDonald.

(Photo: Dr. MacDonald’s silver stain of spirochetes from the new website.)

Believe it or not, Dr. Gabriel Steiner discovered spirochetes in MS brains back in 1919 in Europe, and then published evidence in 1940 Continue reading

Posted in Lyme Disease Symptoms | 3 Comments

My Response to Reuter’s Article

My Response to Reuter's Article

February 28, 2014 Reuter’s published an article entitled, Tick test for persistent Lyme disease tried in humans” by Kathryn .

Read the article here.

Although it’s great to see more research being done on Lyme disease, this article demonstrates a clear bias in media towards the archaic and grossly inaccurate information that is fed to the public from CDC and IDSA.  My response follows: Continue reading

Posted in Chronic Lyme Disease, Diagnosis of Lyme Disease, Jenna, medical controversies, Research and Development | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

How to Keep Good Bacteria While on Antibiotics Naturally

How to Keep Good Bacteria While on Antibiotics Naturally

If you’ve done any reading on the human digestive system, you’re familiar with the term “normal flora.” These are the good bacteria that help us break down and digest our food. In fact, the human body typically has about ten times more bacterial cells than it does human body cells, and the majority of those are in our gut. So being on antibiotics for an extended period of time, which Lyme’s sufferers often do, can destroy that normal flora and cause digestive problems. Here are some foods you can eat to restore that normal flora and protect your digestive system while you stay on your course of antibiotics.

Yogurt and other Probiotics

You’ve seen the commercials for the yogurts that help re-establish healthy bacteria into your gut. But yogurt isn’t the only source of probiotics. You can also find them in tempeh and delicious Japanese miso.. These substances help to regrow healthy gut bacteria by serving as a live combatant against unhealthy bacteria, competing for food sources, and digesting unhealthy bacteria directly.

Kombucha

Fermented proteins and grains are an excellent source of gut-friendly bacteria, and this tea has become so popular it’s no longer hard to find. Any health food store will have kombucha tea in stock, and while the taste takes some getting used to, it’s very good for your digestive system. Many doctors suggest drinking kombucha concurrent to or after an antibiotics cycle to help restore the healthy gut bacteria.

Bananas and other Prebiotics

Bananas are often hailed as an easily-digested fruit. Excellent as an energy source for runners, who tend to have constant digestive problems, these fruits are also good sources of prebiotics, which are indigestible carbohydrates that provide inulin, lactitol, and other flora-friendly nutrients that help you regrow gut bacteria. Other sources of prebiotics include artichokes and garlic.

Whole Grains

While fiber is often pointed to as a problem for those with intestinal problems, it is also a prebiotic. Be careful to check the label of your grain before buying; it should say “whole grain,” not “whole wheat,” which may be more processed. These sources keep things moving within your digestive tract without losing too much normal flora, and also provide the same substances as bananas and other prebiotics.

Honey

This sweet substance can replace sugar as a sweetener, especially since sugar is one of the causes of loss of gut flora. Using honey as a natural sweetener adds another layer of flavor to your food, but it also helps restore natural flora as a source of prebiotics. Add some to your probiotic yogurt and double your protection in addition to enjoying a healthy, delicious snack.

Kefir

Kefir is what’s known as a synbiotic, which contains both of the above substances. These substances, pre- and probiotics, work in tandem to create the optimal balance of normal flora in your digestive tract. Many companies attempt to add synbiotics to their packaged food, but the best sources are always natural.

Homemade Broths

These meat broths, especially those using bone, are high in the normal flora stored in bone marrow of the animal used. By creating your own meat or bone broth, you retain the helpful bacteria that taking antibiotics can destroy. And since broth is cooked slowly at a low temperature, it doesn’t cook out or kill off the pre- and pro-biotic properties of the bone marrow.

While all of the above foods are healthy and delicious additions to a healthy, balanced diet, they’re especially helpful to those people who are on antibiotics, whether it’s a long-term dependency or simply a single cycle. Natural remedies can be used in tandem with antibiotic cycles to help the body respond better to treatment and reduce the harm and side effects caused by antibiotics. Adding these items to your diet will help you reduce disease and discomfort by creating a balanced, healthy environment in your digestive tract.

Posted in General, Lyme Disease Treatment, Natural Treatments | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Boston Globe Article about Diagnosing Chronic Lyme Disease

Boston Globe Article about Diagnosing Chronic Lyme Disease

If you have not read the article in Sunday’s Boston Globe (10/20/2013), please read it now: http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/2013/10/20/many-tests-diagnose-lyme-but-proof-they/ISjAcxmZxkk2disi94ENfI/story.html

I was honored to be interviewed and selected for inclusion in the article in spite of the fact that the journalist and I “agreed to disagree” regarding the validity of Advanced Labs test, and her insistence that there was intentional deceit involved in the promotion of the test.

Continue reading

Posted in Chronic Lyme Disease, Diagnosis of Lyme Disease, Discussion, Lyme Disease News, medical controversies | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

More Borrelia Species Contribute to Raging Lyme Disease Epidemic

More Borrelia Species Contribute to Raging Lyme Disease Epidemic

When I first read the following medical paper, I was stunned.

The information in the opening has been known by the medical community for decades. Did you know any of this? Why aren’t medical doctors changing testing and diagnosis procedures to account for this? Continue reading

Posted in Chronic Lyme Disease, Diagnosis of Lyme Disease, Lyme Disease News, Research and Development | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Please Sign New Petition for Congress to investigate CDC, IDSA, and ALDF Regarding Chronic Lyme Disease

Please Sign New Petition for Congress to investigate CDC, IDSA, and ALDF Regarding Chronic Lyme Disease

Many are frustrated regarding the perceived inability of each of us individually to do anything meaningful to help thwart the completely unacceptable stand-off within the medical community.  This stand-oThird which creates a barrier to proper care for this painful and disabling disease, and ultimately adds fuel to the raging epidemic.

Well now there are some things you can do.  First, sign the following petition. Continue reading

Posted in Chronic Lyme Disease, Coping with Lyme disease, Discussion, General, Lyme Disease News | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Taurine for Chronic Lyme Disease: The Most Essential Substance in the Body

Taurine for Chronic Lyme Disease: The Most Essential Substance in the Body

Do you supplement your body’s store of taurine?

Have you even heard of taurine?

Well, if you have chronic Lyme disease, taurine needs to be in your supplement arsenal. Its benefits are so broad and extensive that scientists in The Journal of Biomedical Science: http://www.jbiomedsci.com/supplements/17/S1 have described taurine as “a wonder molecule.” Continue reading

Posted in Chronic Lyme Disease, Coping with Lyme disease, Natural Treatments | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Deadly Lyme Co-infection Powassan Virus Spreading Across America

Deadly Lyme Co-infection Powassan Virus Spreading Across America

The doctors are stumped.  Again.  Flu-like symptoms and aching joints leading to raging headaches and fevers that come and go.

However, this virus continues to get worse as it invades the central nervous system and begins to cause encephalitis with acute onset of profound muscle weakness, confusion, and other severe neurologic signs including dementia and paralysis, and in up to 30% of the cases death. Continue reading

Posted in Discussion, Lyme Coinfections, Lyme Disease News | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Lyme Disease Statistics Compiled by Nursing School Hub Website.

Lyme Disease Statistics Compiled by Nursing School Hub Website.

For those of you who have read my blog before, you will see that the following information is not in keeping with the research I have continued to work on.  However, I was approached by a reader to share this site and felt it deserved a place here if nothing else, to encourage discussion.

In many ways I think the stated percentages go to the heart of our problem…whose information do we take seriously?  Should we be alarmed or should we be re-assured? Continue reading

Posted in Chronic Lyme Disease, Discussion, General, medical controversies | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The Way to My Recovery

The Way to My Recovery

I can finally say that I am getting better!  That may not seem like much to some of you, but others who know how sick I have been will rejoice with me and ask “How?”

For me it was not my LLMD but my IDSA internist who after seeing my positive test results from Advanced Labs put me on a strong dose (500 mg 4 times per day) of penicillin which I have combined with the same dose of Serrapeptase. Continue reading

Posted in Biofilm, Chronic Lyme Disease, Discussion, Jenna, Lyme Disease Symptoms, Lyme Disease Treatment | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Happy Ending After Years of Suffering With Chronic Lyme Disease and Morgellons

Happy Ending After Years of Suffering With Chronic Lyme Disease and Morgellons

Treating the Pathogenic Synergy in Chronic Lyme Using Polypharmacy 

 The information in this article can now be found at;       www.lyme-morgellons.com

 

 

 

 

Posted in Alternative Treatment Protocols, Ask the Doctor, Biofilm, Chronic Lyme Disease, Coping with Lyme disease, Diagnosis of Lyme Disease, Discussion, Lyme Coinfections, Lyme Disease and Ticks, Lyme Disease Articles, Lyme Disease Symptoms, Lyme Disease Treatment, Lyme Stories, medical controversies, Natural Treatments, Neurological Lyme disease | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

New Hope for Most Severe Chronic Cases of Lyme Disease! Part Two

New Hope for Most Severe Chronic Cases of Lyme Disease! Part Two

Nattokinase, another “biofilm buster” is being used more frequently by Lyme doctors for the very difficult cases which don’t appear to improve with any other treatments – conventional or non-conventional. 

Unlike lumbrokinase which has been used for less than fifty years, nattokinase has been used for at least 1000 years in Japan. Continue reading

Posted in Biofilm, Chronic Lyme Disease, Coping with Lyme disease, Lyme Disease Symptoms, Lyme Disease Treatment, Natural Treatments, Research and Development | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

New Hope for Most Severe Chronic Cases of Lyme Disease! Part Three

New Hope for Most Severe Chronic Cases of Lyme Disease! Part Three

“Serrapeptidase”, better known as “Serrapeptase”, is best known for its ability to relieve pain from inflammation, reduce inflammation, and destroying pathogens. It is suggested to be able to kill Lyme bacteria, a wide variety of fungus (another tool in the fight against Candida) and unfriendly bacteria. Continue reading

Posted in Chronic Lyme Disease, Coping with Lyme disease, Discussion, Lyme Disease Treatment, Research and Development | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

New Hope for Most Severe Chronic Cases of Lyme Disease! Part One

New Hope for Most Severe Chronic Cases of Lyme Disease! Part One

Has anyone heard of Lumbrokinase?  Well, if you haven’t, lumbrokinase is a group of six, novel proteolytic enzymes derived from the earthworm Lumbricus Rubellus, and it is slowly establishing itself as possibly the best and brightest new treatment for chronic Lyme sufferer.

I say “new treatment” because it is new information for me – generously supplied by a fellow “Lymie” Ted Patterson who has tried it and “feels better than he has in years”.  The more I researched this enzyme, the more excited I have become.

First, lumbrokinase has been used successfully in China’s four top hospitals in nerve and infectious diseases since 1995 without any harmful side effects.  Initially used for the potent ability to dissolve blood clots and vein thrombosis, it was soon discovered to improve the quality of blood in a number of ways that are still being discovered.

According to Allery Research Group,  medical reports from leading researchers and doctors have further discovered the power of lumbrokinase to not only dissolve clots which obviously helps protect against heart disease and strokes, but also:

to lower fibrinogen levelsin cancer patients, which is strongly associated in scientific studies with better outcomes,

  • strongly associated in scientific studies with better outcomes, less metastasis, and slower growth of tumors;
  • to offer antiplatelet, anti-thrombotic and self-destructive cellular activity, remarkably regulating hypercoagulation; and most importantly for us,
  • to dissolve bacterial biofilms present in chronic infections in conditions like autism and Lyme disease, allowing antimicrobials and anti-bacterials as well as our own immune system to work effectively and quickly to destroy the colonies that hide behind the biofilms.

Biofilms have been recently discovered as one of the key biological roadblocks to curing many chronic diseases, especially (for our purposes) Lyme disease. It is a remarkable breakthrough, and it ultimately could have a huge effect on Lyme disease sufferers and possibly their life insurance quotes and policies because of a longer life expectancy among those infected.

Peta Cohen, M.S., R.D.,  is the founder of Total Life Center in Northern New Jersey, and has a Masters Degree in Clinical Nutrition, was recently interviewed by Allergy Research Group (read entire interview here), and offers these insights into biofilms:

“I do a tremendous amount of testing and assessing the children through urine and fecal analysis. What got me so interested in nattokinase and lumbrokinase was the concept of what a biofilm infection actually is. If you do a medline search on biofilms and platelet aggregation, fibrinogen, and fibrin, boom, it’s there right in your face.

“Bacteria build biofilms by first aggregating together, and then rapidly weaving this protective web or matrix around them.  They build a polymeric matrix. It’s a sticky, gluey, mucus-y goop and it’s got fibrin in it to give it an intact structure. The bacteria recruit fibrinogen to create fibrin as part of that matrix. At that point they can shed their outer membrane, which has the proteins that serve as antigens and as a target of the missile of the immune system. They’re very protected. They’re very crafty in creating a way to survive and procreate and hide from the immune system.”

In neurological Lyme disease, the biofilm is believed to be constructed of actual bits and pieces of our myelin sheath which covers and protects our actual nerves that make up our central nervous system.  So when the immune system calls for killer cells to destroy the invaders, our immune system can actually attack our central nervous system trying to break through the biofilm and destroy the infection which they cannot do.

So, as lumbrokinase dissolves this biofilm, we have hope that our killer cells, or in more critical cases where the immune system is no longer working effectively, antibiotics (pharmaceutical or herbal) will be able to destroy the infection and return us to health!

See product here.

Look for Part Two on “nattokinase”, and please comment if you have any experience to relate regarding lumbrokinase.

To read excerpts from LLD’s who are using lumbrokinase successfully, read:

Two Doctors Use Lumbrokinase to Help Conquer Lyme Disease

(Originally posted on September 28, 2011, updated August 2013)

Posted in Alternative Treatment Protocols, Biofilm, Chronic Lyme Disease, Lyme Disease Treatment, Research and Development | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Energy for Chronic Lyme Disease Through Mitochondrial Support

Energy for Chronic Lyme Disease Through Mitochondrial Support

According to the most recent scientific studies on human cellular energy, the strength of the mitochondria in our cells is directly related to our energy and critically important to heal and recover from any illness or disease. Especially with chronic Lyme disease (and chronic fatigue syndrome which is a symptom of Lyme disease), building healthy mitochondria can make the difference between success and failure. Continue reading

Posted in Lyme Disease Symptoms | Leave a comment

Fox News Confirms Chronic Lyme Disease Is REAL.

Fox News Confirms Chronic Lyme Disease Is REAL.

Finally some facts from science released to public without first being censored by IDSA medical militants.

This news segment released August 4, 2013 interviews Dr. Erica Kosal, a woman whose husband was mis-diagnosed with ALS Continue reading

Posted in Chronic Lyme Disease, Coping with Lyme disease, Diagnosis of Lyme Disease, Lyme Disease News, Lyme Disease Symptoms, Lyme Stories, medical controversies | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

True Story Behind the Rocky Road to Publication Regarding Evidence of Borrelia Biofilms

True Story Behind the Rocky Road to Publication Regarding Evidence of Borrelia Biofilms

“The Rest of the Story About Getting Evidence Regarding Biofilms of Borrelia Accepted for Publication:”

Written by Alan MacDonald MD; July 24,2013

In the original release of the movie “UNDER OUR SKIN” my parting remarks are about the exciting future of Biofilms of Borrelia.

At the time of filming, we already had the proof in hand, but we had to have a credible published medical paper to be included in the movie. Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Biofilm, Chronic Lyme Disease, Diagnosis of Lyme Disease, Lyme Disease Symptoms, Lyme Disease Treatment, Research and Development | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

How to Cope with the Neuropathic Pain from Chronic Lyme Disease

How to Cope with the Neuropathic Pain from Chronic Lyme Disease

Neuropathic pain is the worst kind of pain.

Think of migraines; blood vessels dilate and press against nerves in your head; shingles where a virus attacks the nerves directly; a toothache when the infection behind or under a tooth invades the nearby nerves; neuropathy in any part of the body – usually associated with other diseases like Diabetes but common in chronic Lyme… Continue reading

Posted in Alternative Treatment Protocols, Chronic Lyme Disease, Coping with Lyme disease, Lyme Disease Symptoms, Lyme Disease Treatment, Natural Treatments, Pain | Tagged , , | Leave a comment